Tools #2: All the Hats

Continuing the thread of re-coaching myself to think – https://ant.cat/dogs-and-tools/

Today’s Lesson – How to look at a problem through a set of lenses (hats in this case) one at a time and focus.

The Untool of the week is – https://untools.co/six-thinking-hats

Based on the book Six Thinking Hats, Edward de Bono – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/97030.Six_Thinking_Hats

Illustration of the Six Thinking Hats: Yellow for positivity, Green for creativity, Red for emotions, White for data, Black for negativity and Blue for control.

Notes

Trying to picture how this will actually work. I’m not great at compartmentalizing. Or maybe I could… starting with the Green Hat, then having people looking at the ideas in phases?

Or is the focus on One big idea, then putting on the Black Hat, then using the Green Hat to work around the Black Hat’s issues, and then trying to find the viable solution using Yellow, Red, White, Blue?

That could be interesting. My brain wonders quite a bit so I could see myself constantly trying to put all the hats on at once, but that’s not helpful to anyone. Much like mindfulness, being able to focus with a specific goal in mind is a muscle that I just need to flex more. But that’s where the Blue hat comes in: “🔵 Blue hat is for controlling the process. Especially in meetings, it’s good to be able to step in when there’s no progress and enable the group to move forward (e.g. by shifting the thinking or discussion to a different hat/perspective).”

Key Takeaway: We all need facilitators and Blue Hat

My daughter’s favorite video/music is a great fit for this one.

Tools #1: Dogs and Tools

Trying to learn as an adult is so hard. You already have so much of your neural network built and weighted that you get pulled back into old patterns. I mean the saying goes you can’t teach an ol’ dog new tricks. But, I think a better version is you can’t teach an ol’ dog new ways of performing old tricks that treated them well so far and got them to where they needed to go. That’s too long I guess.

I stumbled across this site: https://untools.co/ that is all about trying out different mental frameworks. My goal is to read through one of these each week and truly digest it, get into the noggin, and hopefully, it will push this ol’ dog to be some __% better.

What’s funny is that I’ve spent the better part of 10yrs facilitating innovation sessions for groups of 20+ people specifically around breaking your thinking. It’s just really hard to do this for yourself. Turns out people need people.

Old Ignite Workshops

Untool – Conflict Resolution Diagram

https://untools.co/conflict-resolution-diagram

  • They reference this was pulled from the “Theory of Constraints” by Eliyahu Goldratt
  • The goal of this tool (aka “Evaporating Cloud”) is to be used when a conflict seems impossible.
  • There are three parts worked in the following order:
    • Demands/proposals of the opposing sides: these are usually mutually exclusive which is what creates the conflict.
      • Ask: What does the other side want to do? What do I want to do?
    • Underlying needs or requirements of both sides
      • Ask: What needs are satisfied by the proposal of each side?
    • Shared goal or objective that’s behind the needs
      • Ask: What will be achieved by meeting the needs of both sides?
      • This is important to come to a shared understanding as you become part of the same team, but you happen to be approaching it differently.
  • Now that the above is taken care of, you’ll need to discuss the assumptions that are behind the original approaches. This will most likely uncover why the approaches are at odds.
  • Ending – now you build the solution together with a focus on the shared vision/goal.

This reminds me of a reverse flow Opportunity Solution Tree that Teresa Torres talks about https://www.producttalk.org/opportunity-solution-tree/

Remember: focus on the outcomes and let that help dictate the path…hopefully a path takes into account kindness 😀